Ruellia prostrata – Bell Weed

Other notes

Other Name Combinations: Dipteracanthus prostratus (WFO, 2022).


Natural History: A perennial prostrate herb found in tropical grasslands of Asia and Africa (WFO, 2022). Whitish-purple flowers bloom during rainy season and form hairy capsules (Flowers of India, 2022).



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WFO (2022): World Flora Online. Accessed on 21 Dec 2022. URL:

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Page citation

Kawthankar, N. 2024. Ruellia prostrata Poir. – Bell Weed. In Kunte, K., S. Sondhi, and P. Roy (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 4.12. Published by the Indian Foundation for Butterflies. URL:, accessed 2024/07/15.